Horsham player-manager Gary Charman has called on his side to find a killer instinct ahead of their derby clash with Redhill tonight.
Hornets’ four-game unbeaten run came to an end at Herne Bay on Saturday despite a dominant display from the visitors.
They led through a Tony Nwachukwu penalty and had numerous chances to extend their lead, before the home side equalised on the stroke of half-time through a penalty of their own which saw Glen Woodburn harshly sent off.
Herne Bay then nicked the three points in the closing moments through substitute Kane Butler’s goal to leave Charman extremely frustrated.
Speaking to the club’s official website, Hornets Review, he said: “On Saturday we were very, very, good. Our game plan was spot on. We got the lead through a penalty, highly deserved, and could have been two up before then but our problem is that we can’t kill games off.
“We can’t keep losing like this. It’s the difference between being in the top six and bottom six. If we’d have won we’d have gone above Herne Bay and we go to Redhill five unbeaten and it’s a lot better. We need to get used to winning, and not only winning but killing teams off.”
Second-bottom Horsham travel to Redhill tonight with both sides level on five points, although the home side have scored double the amount of goals so far this season.
They have also kept a number of clean sheets since signing goalkeeper Michael Hunter made the switch to the Surrey side.
The re-signed Byron Napper is available for Horsham, along with the returning Max Miller and Kieron Tarbie, although Junior Kaffo could be sidelined for up to a month with an eye injury.
Charman added: “I believe that Redhill will be tougher and, as we already know, anyone can beat anyone in this league and I’m just hoping tonight isn’t a carbon copy of the Herne Bay, Sittingbourne and East Grinstead games.”
Kick-off at Kiln Brow is 7.45pm.